Word-and-Picture Bible is the first (Level 1) in the NLT Story Bible Series. Each of the seven "levels" is directed toward a specific age range. This one is for infants, age 0-1.
Using word and picture associations, this book depicts seven topics from Scripture: creation, Noah, Joseph, “God gives good food”, Nativity, Zacchaeus, and “God loves me." Each page features bright, 2-D illustrations by Peggy Tagel. Biblical references are provided along with memory verses. All Scripture is in the New Living Translation.
For example: “God Makes Everything” (the story of creation) cites Genesis 1, 2. The pictures show a colorful elephant, giraffe and monkey with the word “animals” and Adam and Eve with word “people." The memory verse is Colossians 1:16: “God created everything.” (NLT)
A die-cut "hold 'n' tote handle" makes it easy for little ones to carry this to their favorite places.
What I Like: I love the clear, uncluttered format. It's ideal for infants and toddlers. The bright colors are great. The size (6x6") is perfect for keeping in a diaper bag.
What I Dislike: Some stories don’t have an obvious connection to the Biblical references. “God gives good food” references Daniel 1:3-17. It seemed out of place. Joseph was another instance of disconnect. The title is “Joseph’s New Coat”, the Biblical reference is Genesis 37:1-3, but the memory verse is John 13:34: “Love each other.”
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: 0-1
Publisher Info: Standard Publishing, 2004; ISBN: 0784715947; Boardbook; $7.99
Special Info: the last page pictures a man with the word "Jesus."